Workforce Development & Economic Policy

A top priority of the nation’s Governors is expanding economic opportunity and advancing the nation’s global competitiveness by developing the skilled workforce and economic environment required for individuals, businesses and communities to thrive and prosper. As the chief executive officers of their states, Governors are responsible for setting strategic priorities that align workforce and economic development activities across their states toward a shared vision of societal and economic wellbeing. The NGA Center supports the nation’s Governors by sharing best practices and providing technical assistance services to state leaders including Governors’ economic policy advisors, Governors’ workforce development policy advisors, state economic development organization leaders, state workforce development board chairs and state workforce agency leaders. Focus areas include reducing barriers to economic participation; fostering economic dynamism and job growth; and providing training and employment opportunities that support employers’ talent needs and lead to family-sustaining careers.

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Engaging Employers in the Apprenticeship System through IRA Tax Incentives

Engaging Employers in the Apprenticeship System through IRA Tax Incentives

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 is the largest federal investment in clean energy in U.S. history and includes substantial tax incentives for employers who pay prevailing wages and ...
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Understanding the State and Territory Role in Implementing the CHIPS for America Fund

Understanding the State and Territory Role in Implementing the CHIPS for America Fund

States and territories will assess their competitive advantages, assets, and opportunities, as well as identify what they still need to develop with regard to their regional ecosystems. by Rachael Stephens ...
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Disability Employment

Disability Employment

Expanding access to education, training, and high-quality employment opportunities for people with disabilities is a bipartisan priority for Governors ...
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How Governors Can Execute Their Vision for Workforce Development: Policy Levers Available Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

How Governors Can Execute Their Vision for Workforce Development: Policy Levers Available Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

This brief outlines the menu of policy options Governors have available to them when assessing how to optimize their public workforce system so that it responds to their state or ...
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How Six States Are Planning To Advance Digital Skills For Equitable Economic Participation

Governors are prioritizing digital skill development across the education and training continuum, from K-12 curriculum to upskilling and reskilling for workers and adult learners.


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Workforce Development Library

Improving Workforce Readiness Through Social-Emotional Skills and School Climate

Oct. 21-22, 2019, Santa Fe, NM The National Governors Association (NGA) Solutions: The Center for Best Practices Education Division (NGA Education) hosted a cross-state Learning Collaborative on the topic of ...
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Future Workforce Now State Policy Forum for Action

Oct. 16-18 | Chicago, IL States were invited to assemble teams to convene in Chicago, IL for the Future Workforce Now: State Policy Forum for Action from Wednesday, Oct. 16, ...
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NGA 2019 Summer Meeting

NGA 2019 Summer Meeting

Governor Steve Bullock, 2018–2019 NGA Chair, formally opens the 2019 Summer Meeting, welcoming all participants to Utah and presiding over a conversation about his initiative, "Good Jobs for All Americans." ...
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Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth

One in eight youths in America between the ages of 16 and 24 is considered to be “disconnected,” meaning they are neither in school nor employed, and they lack the ...
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Governor’s Action Guide to Achieving Good Jobs for All Americans

Governor’s Action Guide to Achieving Good Jobs for All Americans

This guide offers a toolbox of high-impact strategies that governors can take to connect workers to good jobs today and in the future. (View/Download) Summary NGA Center for Best Practices ...
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Entrepreneurship in States: Fostering a Startup-Friendly Economy

Summary The National Governors Association (NGA) released a comprehensive report, Entrepreneurship in States: Fostering a Startup-Friendly Economy. States are increasingly devoting more attention to an important, yet sometimes overlooked, tool ...
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State Summit on Opportunity Zones

June 19-20, 2019 | Annapolis, MD NGA Solutions: The Center for Best Practices hosted NGA’s first-ever State Summit on Opportunity Zones. This was a collaborative effort between NGA Solutions, NGA ...
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National Institute on Scaling Work-Based Learning

National Institute on Scaling Work-Based Learning

Date: April 8-10, 2019 Location: Point Clear, Alabama Abstract: National Governors Association Solutions: The Center for Best Practices (NGA Solutions) hosted a national institute bringing together representatives from 30 states ...
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Rural Prosperity Through the Arts & Creative Sector

Rural Prosperity Through the Arts & Creative Sector

Summary A partnership between NGA Solutions: The Center for Best Practices, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) introduced an extensive ...
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Economic Policy Library

National Governors Association and State International Development Organizations Announce Partnership to Strengthen Global Trade

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced a partnership with the State International Development Organizations (SIDO) to strengthen collaboration between governors and state international trade agencies, with the ultimate goal ...
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Yahoo Op-Ed: America’s Governors are Taking the Lead in Bringing Jobs to Their States

This is an opinion piece by Scott Pattison, CEO and executive director of the National Governors Association. He appeared at Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit. This piece originally appeared on Yahoo.  ...
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Innovation, International Cooperation and the Future of Work Take Center Stage at the 2018 NGA Summer Meeting

WASHINGTON—Last week, 21 governors, their staff, policy experts, international leaders and business executives met in Santa Fe, N.M., for the 2018 NGA Summer Meeting. These thought leaders met for three ...
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NGA 2018 Summer Meeting

NGA 2018 Summer Meeting

Session videos from the National Governors Association Summer Meeting 2018 which took place July 20 & 21 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. View Full Playlist ...
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The National Governors Association Joins 10 Governors at SelectUSA

The National Governors Association Joins 10 Governors at SelectUSA

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) joined 10 governors at the SelectUSA Summit in Washington.  SelectUSA is an annual event hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce encouraging foreign direct investment ...
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Governors Support Agriculture Economy

The National Governors Association (NGA) released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of a farm bill: "The nation’s governors support America’s producers who are the backbone of our communities, ...
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NGA Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair

The National Governors Association released today the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in South Dakota v. Wayfair (No. 17-494) The National Governors Association praises today’s opinion by ...
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NGA Statement on U.S. Municipal Securities as High-Quality Liquid Assets

NGA Statement on U.S. Municipal Securities as High-Quality Liquid Assets The National Governors Association today released the following statement in reaction to Congress’ support in treating U.S. Municipal Securities as High-Quality ...
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Advanced Refunding

Dear Member of Congress: The national organizations listed above represent hundreds of thousands of public-sector entities that issue debt to finance and build the infrastructure that contributes to strong economies ...
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